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Small Business Saturday at Knit Locally features Yarn Cafe Creations Trunk Show and more!

Celebrate your favorite small business on November 30!

Shop the trunk show, and get rewarded (see store for details) or take a free hat class when you purchase one ball of Wool and the Gang Super Bulky yarn!  Classes begin at 1pm or 3pm, so come early for the best selection of yarns!  Size 17 circular needles, bring your own or buy them at the shop!

Hurry for the best selection of Yarn Cafe Creations and Wool and the Gang fibers!

NEW ARRIVAL! Colors of Reywa Cowl Kits

We are thrilled to offer the Colors of Reywa Cowl in the shop and our online store! We fell in love with this gorgeous cowl and the ethical work Reywa Fibers does to support the fiber industry in Tibet. We have a limited number of these kits available, and you can check out our shop sample to see it knit up and feel the softness of the yak down.

From the colorways of the yarn to the geometric motif, the Colors of Reywa Cowl is a tribute to the nomads who roam the Tibetan Plateau and to the yaks which sustain them.

Designed by Rebecca Hall, the cowl is knit from 13 mini-cakes of Reywa Fiber’s Harmony yarn, which is a light, sport-weight blend of 50% Yak Down, 50% Fine Wool. Each nature-inspired colorway evokes an element of the Plateau’s rough and rugged terrain, from its rocky, snow-covered peaks to its sweeping grassy hillsides teaming with summer wildflowers. For her design, Rebecca was inspired by the the colorful geometric patterns found in Tibetan architecture, rugs, and fabric.

Reywa Fiber’s 100% yak down yarns are hypoallergenic, will never pill, are warmer than merino wool, get softer and softer with each wear, and develop a lovely halo over time.

Kit Price: $128. Kit includes:

  • Printed pattern
  • 13 mini-cakes in 12 colors
  • 700+ yards of 50/50 yak/wool yarn
  • Reusable kit bag

Reywa Fibers is a small, family-owned business dedicated to helping the Tibetan people benefit directly from the development and sale of the fiber their animals produce. Profits are invested into Tibetan communities. To learn more, visit Reywa Fibers online.

Tibetan architecture inspired the geometric designs of the Colors of Reywa Cowl
The colors of the yarn are inspired by the colors of nature in the Tibetan Plateau.
Be sure to pick up your Colors of Reywa Kit from us and treat yourself to a gorgeous design, indulge in a luxurious yarn, and support a socially-conscious fiber company.

NEW ARRIVAL! Yankee Wisp by Yankee Dyer

We’re excited to welcome Yankee Wisp by Yankee Dyer to Knit Locally. This luscious mohair/silk blend is hand-dyed right here in Maryland, and is SO FLUFFY! Carry it with a fingering weight yarn, or use it on its own and admire the angelic halo. We have ten colors available!

Yarn Details:
Yankee Wisp
Lace Weight
50g / 459 yards
For best results, hand wash and lay flat to dry.
$28

Click here to purchase this yarn in our online store.

Customer FO Spotlight: Joyce’s Elton Cardigan

We love how happy Joyce is wearing her finished Elton cardigan! Thanks for sharing.

Joyce is showing off her finished Elton Cardigan, which she knit using “Dream Kitchen” and a coordinating black mohair she picked up at the Once Upon A Corgi trunk show. We LOVE seeing your finished creations — not only to show of your beautiful stitching, but also to see the joy it brings you! Joyce made some modifications to the design of the cardigan that created an elegant design detail, and she was kind enough to write up those modifications to share with our customers who may want to knit this piece in a similar style.

From Joyce: “The color pattern on this design is very simple. Four rows MC and four rows CC. However, because my contrasting color was black, I decided I wanted more of the main color. So, beginning more or less under the arms, I began the following modification:
   4 rows CC then 4 rows MC  (twice)   
4 rows CC then 6 rows MC (twice)
   4 rows CC then 8 rows MC  (twice)   
4 rows CC then 10 rows MC (twice)   
4 rows CC then 12 rows MC  (once)
I didn’t do the 2nd repeat of the last 12 rows because the length of the piece was where I wanted it. I also incorporated the ribbing into the last 12 rows. This can easily be modified to suit tastes (I.e. begin earlier, or increase both MC and CC —there are lots of possibilities.) “

The Elton Cardigan by Joji Locatelli

The Elton Caridgan by Joji Locatelli is available to purchase on Ravelry or in the shop. It uses 2-4 skeins of fingering yarn and 1-2 skeins of lace-weight mohair, and is available in sizes XS-4XL. We have hand-dyed combinations from Less Traveled Yarn that are perfect for this project. Choose two of the same color for a subtle effect (as in Joji’s picture), or two different colors for a more striking stripe effect, as Joyce did.

New Arrival: Casapinka Perfect Blend MKAL Kits from Dream in Color

We have received a limited number of kits from Dream in Color for Casapinka’s “Perfect Blend MKAL” which begins on July 8. Find details for the MKAL here!
Each kit features 12 100-yard mini skeins of the scrumptious Smooshy with Cashmere base, with goregous colors selected for the ‘tea’ them of this MKAL. Smooshy with Cashmere is 70% superwash merino / 20% fine cashmere / 10% nylon, fingering weight.
You can reserve kits in our online shop. Only 2 of each set are available, so be sure to grab yours now. Click here to go to our online shop, or visit us this weekend.

New Arrival: Forbidden Fiber Co.

We love the gorgeous, saturated colors from Forbidden Fiber Co., hand-dyed in Tennessee.

We’re so excited to welcome Forbidden Fiber Co. to our collection of indie dyers. We had the pleasure of meeting Leann in person at TNNA, and brought back a beautiful collection of her colors on her Fortitude Fingering (100% SW Merino) and Pride Fingering (Merino and nylon with a subtle hint of sparkle!)

She has colors inspired by Harry Potter, Outlander, and Steam Punk, as well as stunning tonals and neutrals. Yarn details below:

Fortitude Fingering:

A soft, strong 4-ply fingering weight yarn.
100% superwash merino
Approx. 435 yards/100 grams
Gauge:7-8 sts = 1 inch on US1-3
Machine Wash Cold/Tumble Dry Low
Hand-dyed in Tennessee
$29

Pride Fingering:

Just a hint of sparkle!
75% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 5% stellina
Approx. 495 yards/4 oz
Fingering weight
Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1 inch on US1-3
Hand dyed in Tennessee
$29

New Arrival: Manos del Uruguay Franca Super Bulky

Manos del Uruguay Franca

Super-soft, super-warm, super-quick: Franca makes luscious knits in superwash merino with a beautiful, watercolor-inspired palette.

  • Fiber Content
    100% superwash merino
  • Yardage
    114 yds / 105 mts per 150 g
  • Gauge
    10 sts per 4″/10cm
  • Needle Size
    US 13-15 / 9 – 10mm
  • Care Instructions
    Machine wash or handwash in cool water. Dry flat.

Click here to shop for this yarn online. We offer US shipping, or you can choose to pickup in store.

Color Selection: We currently stock 8 colors of Manos del Uruguay Franca

Black Forest

Fudge

Obisbo

Quartz

Tormenta

Violetta

Algas

Frost

Pattern Ideas

Find your inspiration and cast on one of these knits for a quick gift!

One Skein Projects: Hats

FREE! Big Chunky Comfy Hat by Erica Kempf Broughton

FREE! Perky Little Hat by Sharon Lentsch

FREE! The Big Hat by Davina Choy

Looking for a pom pom maker to make a matching pom pom? We recommend Clover Pom Pom Makers, which allow you to easily create beautiful full pom poms or multi-color pom poms and are available in a range of sizes. We recommend the Extra Large for use with Super Bulky Yarn, or Large if you’d like a slightly smaller pom pom.

Clover Extra Large Pom Pom Maker. $11.95

One Skein Projects: Cowls

FREE! Neck Truffle by Breean Elyse Miller

FREE! Why Wait? by Susan Ashcroft

FREE! Aujourd’hui by tante ehm

One Skein Project: Mittens

FREE! Really Quick Mitts by Haley Waxberg

FREE! Quick Bulky Mitten by Aimee Pelletier

Knit Locally Sweater Society

Knit Locally Sweater Society

When: Every Thursday, 2-6 p.m.

Who: Everyone is welcome.

Cost: Free! Please support the shop by using yarn from the store.

Join our new Sweater Society and create gorgeous knit or crochet garments! Our Sweater Society is a social stitching group focused on all aspects of sweater knitting. Get advice on pattern/yarn selection, measuring for fit, swatching, construction, and finishing. We will motivate you to make it to the finish line with support along the way–all in great company. We will also have special presentations about sweater knitting techniques.
You CAN knit a sweater!

FAQ

What if I’ve never knit a sweater before?

Everyone has to start somewhere! If you can knit, purl, increase, and decrease, you can definitely knit a sweater! Most sweater knitting is just plain knitting and purling.

What do you recommend for a first-time sweater knitter?

Our go-to pattern is Flax by Tin Can Knits. It is an easy, free first sweater pattern that comes in a huge range of sizes.

If that doesn’t interest you, we can recommend other styles.

Can you help me choose a pattern or size?

Absolutely! We would love to help with pattern and yarn suggestions, and will help you measure to determine your size, and suggest modifications for a better fit. Not all bodies were created identically, and that’s what makes us uniquely beautiful.

Does it have to be a sweater? Could it be a top?

Yes, all garments are welcome, from tank tops to cardigans. You are also welcome to knit sweaters for the tiny humans in your life, or your furry friends. Those are great ways to start, since they are so much smaller but use the same techniques.

I can’t come every Thursday. Can I still join?

Please! Whether you visit us every week, or every month, or just when you’re in town, you are always welcome.

Do I really have to swatch?

We are not the sweater police and won’t come after you if you don’t. But at least let us try to convince you why it is a good idea, and give you some tips for swatching success.

Upcoming Presentations:

Check back as we announce presentation topics for future society meetings. Have a suggested topic? Contact us to let us know.

 

Knit Locally Gift Guide: Pebbles Hat knit in Big Merino Hug

Knit Locally’s Gift Guide 2018

Single Skein Project

“Pebbles” Hat by Wooly Wormhead

Knit in Rosy Green Wool Big Merino Hug

Yarn Cost: $24.95

Pattern Cost: $7 (available on Ravelry)

Our Sample: Medium (21″) Slouch Version, “Ruby” Colorway

“Pebbles” Hat by Wooly Wormhead. Photo from pattern.

About the Pattern

Pebbles by Wooly Wormhead on Ravelry

Knit hats are one of the quintessential gifts–good for all ages, styles, and sizes. Out of the myriad of hat patterns on Ravelry, this is one of our favorites. The designer, Wooly Wormhead, describes herself as a “hat architect.” She only writes hat patterns, but they are REALLY GOOD hat patterns. The “Pebbles” hat was designed especially for Rosy Green Wool Big Merino Hug, and uses one skein. The pattern is very versatile, including 3 sizes and 2 different options — a beanie version and a slouch version — so you get a total of 6 possible hats.

About the Yarn

We used the yarn this pattern was designed for: Rosy Green Wool Big Merino Hug.  This aran-weight yarn is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, which means it is guaranteed good for the environment, sheep and humans. It is soft and not scratchy, and machine washable. We carry all 22 colors in the shop, so you can be sure to find your recipient’s favorite color. This is a special yarn for a special recipient — both easy to care for and a sustainable luxury yarn.

Our Notes: Knit by Beth

This is a wonderful hat pattern – detailed yet easy to understand. I knit the slouch version, and I LOVE the finished hat — and I normally don’t wear slouch hats, because they either don’t fit, or don’t sit well. I put the finished hat on and shook my head around, and it stayed put! I would knit another hat (or 10) by this designer for that reason alone. The alternate cable-cast on was new to me, and easy to learn. It gives the ribbing a consistent edge in pattern. The cable pattern was easy to memorize, and the whole hat knit up quickly.

My only modification was to use alternate instructions for how to cable without a cable needle. The method the designer included in the pattern has clear instructions, and is very effective when used on wider cables. Since the cables are 1×1, I used the following methods because I find them quicker:

C2F without a cable needle: Knit into the back of the second stitch without slipping stitch off the needle. Knit into the first stitch. Slip both stitches off the needle.

C2B without a cable needle: Knit into the second stitch without slipping stitch off the needle. Knit into the first stitch. Slip both stitches off the needle.

Knit Locally Book Club October 2018: Ship Fever by Andrea Barret

Knit Locally Book Club October 2018: Ship Fever by Andrea Barret

Knit Locally Book Club: October Meeting

Tuesday, October 2

6:30-8:30 pm

Our October Book Club selection is Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett. 

1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.

The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams. In “Ship Fever,” the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history’s most tragic epidemics. In “The English Pupil,” Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. And in “The Littoral Zone,” two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it. In the tradition of Alice Munro and William Trevor, these exquisitely rendered fictions encompass whole lives in a brief space. As they move between interior and exterior journeys, “science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange and thrilling fictional material” (Boston Globe)

Project Inspiration:

We’ve chosen projects reminiscent of both the floral theme of the book cover and connections to the natural world that are a theme throughout the short stores.

Each of these designs uses sport-weight yarn, and would be stunning knit in our Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy, Carol Sunday 3-ply (Eden, Nirvana or Angelic) or Blue Sky Baby Alpaca Sport.

Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy

100% Virgin Organic Merino Extra Fine

350 yards / 100 g / $24.95

Carol Sunday 3-Ply

Eden: 100% Extra-Fine Australian Merino: 50g / 246 yards / $11.50

Nirvana: 90% Extra-Fine Merino, 10% Cashmere: 50g / 246 yards / $13.95

Angelic: 75% Extra-Fine Merino, 25% Angora: 50g / 246 yards / $12.95

Blue Sky Baby Alpaca Sport

100% Baby Alpaca

50g / 110 yards / $13.00

Pattern Ideas:

Branches and Buds Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Cowl Latvian Blooms by Dela Hausmann

Frosted Leaves by Lisa Hannes

Caress My Soul by Melanie Berg

Upcoming Book Selections and Meeting Dates

Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood: Tuesday, November 6
Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: Tuesday, December 4
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: To Be Determined (Either Tuesday, January 1 or Tuesday, January 8)
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: Tuesday, February 5